Author(s): Liz Maw
Liz Maw has painted and made art for as long as she can remember. Beloved Hackneyed is an artist?s book that is also a survey of her painting and poetry from the last 10 years. Laminated slip case with linen covered book, full colour plates with smaller internal pages of poetry. First published May 2008, Nelson 236x186mm / 256pp
Maw's paintings are drenched with a sense of desire, beauty and power. The virile, beautiful people she depicts are stylised, distorted and charged with meaning. Unsettling in their content, these are paintings that exude a potent sexuality. Maw's output has been modest in numbers, if not scale; painstakingly painted over several months, each of her full figure portraits is almost life-size. Her sleek paintwork resembles air brushing in its precision, offering a surrealism somewhere between Salvador Dali and the kind of hot-rod paintings which stretch across panel vans. From Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand (Emma Bugden) This remarkable book treats the surface of the page like the surface of a painting. Liz Maw's otherworldly figures hover over the voids within, and reveal her startling attention to surface detail. It's a sumptuous example of her written and visual imagination. Natasha Conland, Auckland City Art Gallery.